What is CoolSculpting?
CoolSculpting is an exciting advance in body sculpting technology invented by a Harvard scientist. The FDA-approved fat reduction system uses controlled cooling to freeze and remove unwanted fat cells from the love handles, abdomen and thighs. CoolSculpting is a non-surgical alternative to liposuction that does not require anesthesia, injections, incisions or a lengthy recovery period. Patients love the convenience of CoolSculpting technology, as well as the beautiful results that they can achieve!
What areas can CoolSculpting be used on?
The FDA has approved CoolSculpting to freeze and remove fat pockets in these areas:
- Submental area (double chin)
- Back fat
- Bra line fat
- Underneath the buttocks
Ideal candidates for CoolSculpting
Generally, candidates for CoolSculpting are individuals who:
- Have localized areas of unwanted fat that are unresponsive to diet or exercise
- Are in good physical and psychological health
- Are at or close to their ideal weight (CoolSculpting is not a weight loss treatment)
- Have reasonable expectations of treatment
- Desire improvement, not perfection
Dr. Shah’s team will meet with you for an informational consultation to determine whether you are a suitable CoolSculpting candidate. A member of our team will perform a physical examination of your problem areas and ask you to describe your ideal cosmetic outcome.
What happens during my CoolSculpting session?
During your CoolSculpting session, a member of our team will position the CoolSculpting panels over the treatment area. Light suction is applied to the skin and underlying tissue, drawing the skin and underlying fat up between two cooling panels. Controlled cooling is then delivered into the tissue below. The temperature is set to the point where it freezes only the fat cells, leaving the surrounding tissues unharmed. Once the fat cells are crystallized they gradually die. As it does with any unneeded byproduct, the body’s lymphatic system then gradually flushes the dead fat cells from the body.
This process is repeated several times across the target area until we have covered the entire area. A CoolSculpting session at Signature Plastic Surgery generally runs from one to three hours.
Is CoolSculpting painful?
As the cooling of the target area begins you will feel a few minutes of intense cold. This sensation passes relatively soon, and most patients don’t equate it with pain. After this initial cold, the area becomes numb for the remainder of the application. The panels and accompanying suction will create some pulling and tugging, but this isn’t painful, either.
During your CoolSculpting session, you can read, watch videos, work on your laptop, or even take a nap.
Recovering from CoolSculpting
Because CoolSculpting does not involve anesthesia, incisions or injections, the treatment does not require extensive downtime. In some cases, CoolSculpting treatment may cause temporary redness, minor bruising, tingling or numbness. You can return to your normal routine almost immediately after your treatment.
CoolSculpting Before and After Photos
When will I start seeing results from CoolSculpting?
You may begin to see results in as little as three weeks, as your body flushes out the frozen fat cells, with the most dramatic results appearing after two months. Note that it could take up to four to six months for your body to completely rid itself of the frozen fat.
Will I need more than one CoolSculpting session?
Whether you will need additional treatments is usually dependent on your goals. CoolSculpting kills 20 to 25 percent of the fat in the treatment area. You can opt to go back and treat an area again, but the results aren’t as dramatic the second time.
If our team feel it would be beneficial, we will recommend multiple treatments for the best results. We will address this during your initial consultation.
What happens if I put on weight after CoolSculpting?
At Signature Plastic Surgery, we’ve found that CoolSculpting acts as a motivator for our patients, making them work a little harder to stay close to their ideal weight. If you do gain weight after CoolSculpting, it will accumulate evenly across your body, not just in the areas that have been treated with CoolSculpting.
Schedule a CoolSculpting Consultation
If you’d like to learn more about CoolSculpting technology and how it can help you look thinner and slimmer, please contact the Signature Institute of Aesthetic Sculpting and schedule a consultation. Call us at (702) 684-5502 or send us an email today! Signature Plastic Surgery proudly serves Las Vegas, Henderson NV and surrounding areas.